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Offbeat Trump thanks North Korea for vow to dismantle nuclear site

00:56  13 may  2018
00:56  13 may  2018 Source:   thehill.com

North Korea denies it hacked UN sanctions committee database

  North Korea denies it hacked UN sanctions committee database North Korea on Wednesday denied hacking the database of a UN committee tasked with monitoring sanctions against Pyongyang, and called on Washington to focus on peace efforts ahead of a planned summit between the countries' leaders.In a statement, the North Korean mission at the UN said Pyongyang "has never recognized the illegal and unlawful Security Council's 'sanctions resolutions'" and "is not interested in what the Sanctions Committee does," adding the idea that it had carried out a hacking operation was "nonsense.

North Korea has announced that they will dismantle Nuclear Test Site this month, ahead of the big Summit Meeting on June 12th. Thank you, a very smart and gracious gesture!

North Korea ’s vow to shut nuclear site appears to be mostly symbolic - www.mnnofa.com. In September, Punggye-ri was the site of North Korea ’s Donald Trump and North Korea 's Kim Jong-un are due to meet. Official: Trump to urge North Korea to dismantle nuclear | TheHill - thehill.com.

Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un are posing for a picture © Provided by The Hill

President Trump hailed a decision by North Korea on Saturday to dismantle a nuclear test site, calling it "a very smart and gracious gesture."

"North Korea has announced that they will dismantle Nuclear Test Site this month, ahead of the big Summit Meeting on June 12th," Trump tweeted. "Thank you, a very smart and gracious gesture!"

The president's tweet follows North Korea's announcement that it would dismantle the test site by the end of May, ahead of a planned summit between Trump and the country's leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12.

Dismantling North Korea nukes would be cost hundreds of millions, take years to complete

  Dismantling North Korea nukes would be cost hundreds of millions, take years to complete If President Trump is successful in convincing Kim Jong Un to dismantle North Korea’s nuclear weapons program the undertaking would be unprecedented in its size and complexity, analysts say. “This would be the biggest undertaking by the international community when it comes to denuclearization or disarmament,” said Olli Heinonen, an arms control expert at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a national security think-tank.If Trump and Kim reach an agreement, the process could take years and cost hundreds of millions of dollars, Heinonen said.

President Donald Trump responded Saturday to North Korea ’s announcement that it plans to dismantle its nuclear test site in less than two weeks, meaning the job would be finished before Trump ’s planned summit with Kim Jong Un next month.

North Korea details plans to dismantle its nuclear test site in less than 2 weeks, ahead of Trump 's summit with Kim Jong Un. The North has been vowing to pursue nuclear development unless Washington removes its 28,500 troops from South Korea and the nuclear umbrella defending South

The historically isolated country also plans to soften air space restrictions and allow more access for foreign media for the destruction of the nuclear site, according to a message carried by North Korean state media.

The dismantling is expected to take place between May 23-25, the North Korean foreign ministry said.

North Korea first announced last month that it planned to decommission the nuclear site ahead of the meeting with Trump.

The move, coupled with North Korea's promise to soften restrictions on foreign journalists, is the latest sign of goodwill from Pyongyang.

This week, North Korea released three Americans prisoners during a visit to Pyongyang by newly appointed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Trump greeted the prisoners at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland upon their arrival.

The meeting between Trump and Kim will be the first such encounter between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean premier in history. The U.S. is expected to press the North give up its nuclear ambitions - a demand that Kim has reportedly indicated he is open to.

Pentagon report: Nukes are central to North Korea strategy .
A Pentagon report to Congress says North Korea sees nuclear weapons as central to its security, an assessment that would seem to complicate President Donald Trump's effort to persuade the North's dictator, Kim Jong Un, to give them up. The report was delivered to Congress in April, one month after Trump agreed to meet Kim to discuss the North's denuclearization. It was based on the Pentagon's analysis of North Korea's military capabilities and strategies through 2017, when it was widely believed in the U.S. government that Kim had no intention of surrendering his nuclear weapons.

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